By Emmanuel Edukugho
The crisis rocking the Nigerian French Village following allegations of corruption made against the management by 32 lecturers is now being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
A representative of the lecturers who pleaded anonymity confirmed to Vanguard Education Weekly that one of the 32 signatories of the petition was invited by the EFCC recently. The spokesman for the lecturers was asked to confirm whether the petition emanated from his colleagues.
The lecturers were also directed by the EFCC to submit all relevant documents that can assist the anti-graft agency to do a thorough investigation of the petition. Our source disclosed that the lecturers promptly complied with the directive of the EFCC and also requested the agency to look into documents like vouchers, receipts and memos available in the office of the Bursar.
Following the interaction between the EFCC and the lecturers, the director of the village professor Sam Aje was also at the office of the EFCC. According to our source the Director was invited by the EFCC to defend himself and throw more light on the financial transactions of the French village which was established in 1992.
It will be recalled that the Nigerian French village has been plagued by an internal crisis which started in August 2009 when 32 lecturers made numerous allegations of corruption and intimidation against the Director.
On October 1st 2009 the Director Professor Aje published a full page advertisement in The Guardian to debunk allegations of corruption against his administration.
The governing council of the French village has set up a panel which investigated the allegations made against the director. The panel will soon submit its report.